Cleveland Browns: 5 Bold predictions after the bye

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1. Nick Chubb wins the rushing title

John Dorsey made a few questionable calls in his short tenure as the Cleveland Browns general manager but there were a couple of home runs from him as well. Easily the best move he made was to take Nick Chubb out of Georgia at No. 35 in the 2018 NFL Draft.

In the five seasons since being selected, Chubb has 5,657 yards and 46 touchdowns. He’s topped 1,000 yards in three of his first four seasons and the one year he missed it was during his rookie campaign when he had 996 — although he did top 1,000 yards before losing four on his final two touches.

This year, he should easily get there again as he enters the bye week with a league-leading 841 yards. He does have Saquon Barkley and Derrick Henry on his heels — and Henry has already had his bye week — but there’s no denying the race for the rushing title is going to come down to the wire.

Chubb’s best finish was in 2019 when he had 1,494 yards but was second to Henry who had 1,540 yards. Of course, Henry needed a 211-yard performance in the final game to top Chubb while Freddie Kitchens only gave his back 14 carries in his finale — and yes, we’re still bitter about that.

The final prediction here is that Chubb finally gets his due and ends up as the No. 1 rusher in the NFL when the year is done. He’s the best pure runner in the league right now and deserves to have his name etched permanently in the NFL record books.